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INEOS, one of the largest chemical concerns in the world, has chosen the port of Antwerp as the location for a mega-investment of 3 billion euros representing 400 new jobs. The capital outlay is the largest in the European chemical industry in the past two decades. With the securing of this large-scale investment project Antwerp further reinforces its role as the largest chemical cluster in Europe.
The city of Antwerp has a strong track record in fostering innovation, creating the ideal business climate for tech and creative startups. This has not gone unnoticed by UK magazine Courier who recently published a full article on 'Why set up a business in Antwerp?'
At the end of November 2018, Antwerp’s trendy Parkloods was once again the place to be for creative talent from all over the world. The city hosted the third edition of Us By Night, the internationally acclaimed festival for design and creativity. Rizon Parein, curator and man behind the event looks back on this successful third edition and forward to Us By Night 2019.
Antwerp is making major progress as an international city for businesses and investments. The city has been included, for the very first time, in the renowned ‘Global Cities of The Future 2018/19’ ranking of the Financial Times. The ranking awards Antwerp a third place for ‘connectivity’ in the category ‘large cities’, ahead of cities such as Copenhagen, Helsinki and Seattle. Antwerp also wins a ‘fDi Strategy Award’ for encouraging innovation, featuring on the list of innovative business cities such as Barcelona, Glasgow and Bogota. 
The Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC) will take place in Barcelona from 13 to 15 November 2018. The City of Antwerp is presenting her most innovative smart city projects at this leading technology trade fair.
Titanium – that’s what Antwerp researcher Sammy Verbruggen can call himself from now. The bio-engineer has been selected by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) for inclusion in their alternative periodic table with 118 young scientists set to shape the future of chemistry.
Antwerp offers a vast selection of corporate real estate. The unique combination of existing sites and new developments, not to mention the lower prices in comparison to similar European cities, make Antwerp a coveted location for investors and entrepreneurs alike.